Marco Stiepermann’s goal struck Swansea on Carrow Road in November but the Norwich City midfielder is still recovering from a virus
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The defensive resilience of Millwall and Middlesbrough has frustrated Norwich City and head coach Daniel Farke awaits another difficult game against promotion rivals Swansea, who have the best defense in the championship.
Only the Swans (15) and Watford (20) have conceded fewer than the top 21 goals so far, and Steve Cooper’s side will be on TV tonight (8:15 p.m.) to return to second place and two points of City, one game in hand / p> « Swansea played against Barnsley and Barnsley had more possession, Swansea played at QPR and QPR had more possession, » said Farke of the South Wales team, using two of their most recent 2-0 away wins as examples of their style of play.
“In their home game against Brentford (1-1 draw), Brentford had almost 70 percent possession and almost 20 shots on goal.
“ So Swansea is incredibly organized. Steve is doing a fantastic job, they are so solid and consistent, on a decent run of form, an unbeaten run (seven games) and they are definitely one of the main contenders for the title this season.
« They have fantastic guys , incredibly experienced players, really good, from Bennett to Hourihane to Ayew. Top players at this level and top offensive players.
“But in general their greatest strength is that they can defend incredibly well and incredibly deeply. Then they have the quality to be there with Ayew and Lowe to take their chances so clinically.
« So I’m not sure it has to be a game we defend in and they open more I’m not sure it’s going to be that different from the games against Middlesbrough and Millwall. «
The City boss won’t let himself into the hype of today’s big game either. Both teams hope to be fighting for the title in a few months.
“If it were the 44th game of the season, maybe we could do a little more with this game. At the moment it’s just an important game like any other game, « added Farke.
» In general, we’re really good in the league. If we’re realistic, we need 25 points more to get into the play- offs to be sure, probably less, but to be sure we need 80 points to be in the game. off.
« If we want to end up in direct promotion, we need 35 points. So that’s that Situation before the game. If we win a few points, we just need to win less in the last few games.
« It’s an important game, yes, but not more important than any other game. In the end, you never know who is fighting for the best places in the league. “
The Canary Islands beat the Swans 1-0 in Carrow Road in November thanks to the late winner of Marco Stiepermann, who is still recovering from an energy-saving virus. Farke is expected to have the same squad available as on Tuesday in Millwall.
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